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For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentilesó 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 14-19 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and heightó 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
A key theme of this letter, is the word mystery. God shows Paul how He will bring the jews and gentiles to become one in His sight and in His kingdom and family. Notice that verse 1 and verse 14 begin with the same words, for this reason...
Although Paul had been a prisoner for 2 years in Caesarea and 2 years in Rome, he consider himself to be a prisoner of any government or person. Rather, Paul knew he was under Christ control. (A prisoner for the kingdom of God.)
Verse 2 of Ephesians chapter 3 says, if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,
Dispensation here means, Paul did not choose his ministry, it was given to him by God. Dispensation-Stewardship, administration of his apostleship or ministry.
On a dear movie that me and my family love called, ďAngel In My PocketĒ Andy Griffin has a brother-in-law that isnít right with God, and he sayís as one of his lines, ďto go to church or not to go, what should I choose?Ē
You have understand, when you believed and were born from above, you joined the elite kingdom of God, and your role in Godís kingdom is to become kingdom minded.
Paul understood that kingdom living begins with Spiritual knowledge and Spiritual knowledge must be lived out or followed through with practical application.
God works through practical application too. Thatís why Paul writes in Ephesians 3:3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,
Whatís the mystery? You arenít here for yourself. Practical application goes far beyond a praise, prayer or shout. It takes you into your gift and calling for the body.
So what is the mystery Paul is speaking about and what is Godís best for you? The mystery given to Paul, and Godís best for you are the same. In Christ, Jews and Gentiles become one in Godís sight. (We are to find our callings and gifting and become one with this body-One meaning, working together-showing up!)
As you know, there are many diversions, and satanic tactics to throw you off course- to stop Godís best.
Therefore, becoming one is greater than hold hands or singing, Ďkumbahya.í *Becoming one means, becoming Jesusí prisoner, finding, walking in the will, and the calling of God for your life.
Is it easy? Listen to II Corinthians 4:7-10 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are
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